Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Widdrington tip

A bleak walk around Stobswood and Widdrington tip yesterday was quite good for birds but not a lot else to see as there was still a fair covering of snow remaining on the woodland floor. Above are some images from the Alder woodland at the former refuse site. It is becoming thick with Alders as they become more mature and are now covering over two thirds of the site. The phragmites bed is increasing on the boggy woodland floor. There was about 70 Lesser Redpolls here with smaller numbers of Siskin and Goldfinches making up the Finch flock of over 100 birds. A Woodcock was flushed and a Buzzard soared overhead. A solitary Marsh Tit was in the same place as last time in bushes along the main railway line beside the footbridge. There is still a large Redwing flock in the Horse field comprising of about a hundred birds and 2 Fieldfare among them.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Last of the snow...for now?

Lack of posts recently have been due to the snow and not able to get to the places I normally go. A good fall of snow last night may be the last for a while and with the sun shining Carlisle park looked nice in the snow this morning but the snow was already melting. Lots of birds around with a large flock of Redwings, some Fieldfares and a Tit flock including 3 Marsh Tits. A Great spotted Woodpecker was drumming and it looked like a Badger had been walking through the snow. 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013


Peeling Oysterling (Crepidotus mollis)

Bitter bracket (Postia stiptica) note milky droplets exuding from the underside

Southern bracket (Ganoderma australe)

Spent the morning romping around Stobswood. The above pics were all taken in Grangewood behind the old brickworks. I have promised myself this year to keep as local as possible driving and biking to Stobswood, Druridge and Harwood and on foot around Morpeth to see what I can find. I have also joined up to the garden moth scheme so with a trap on its way I'll be posting a few moths but I'll need a hand to identify most of them!
Typical winters morning, nice and fresh but quiet on the bird front with 500 or so Pink footed Geese, presumably the ones from Druridge, some nice Bullfinches and 9 Redwings with Blackbirds at the tip. Red Squirrels are still holding out at Stobswood with one in the old pit heap pine plantation and one in Grangewood.

Thursday, 3 January 2013


Fungi I've featured many times from Carlisle park

New shoots of Wild Garlic

Goosander at Elliot bridge

I think this is Common Hawker, long dead in the window of the toilets at Bolam lake